[By Bright Tembo]
KENYA International goalkeeper Ian Otieno has switched from Red Arrows to ZANACO after the two teams agreed terms.
Otieno, who was influential to the excellent start of the Red Arrows 2019-2020 season, is believed to be one of the best stoppers in the Zambian Super League.
Red Arrows management has thanked the goalkeeper for the services rendered to the airmen.
“Red Arrows Football Club has concluded talks with Zanaco Football Club on the transfer of goalkeeper Ian Otieno.
The Club would like to thank the Kenyan international goal-custodian for the services rendered to Arrows and wishes him the best of luck at his new Club,” reads the statement. “A full player transfer update will be issued before the close of the transfer window as the Club is yet to conclude other transfer deals subject to medical examinations as well as technical bench intensive assessments.”
Otieno moved to Red Arrows in the 2018 season after spending two years with AF Leopards in Kenya.
He started his professional career with Poster Rangers in East Africa. He has four national team caps with his first call up coming in 2015.
Otieno almost helped Arrows qualify to continental football in the 2019 transitional season as they conceded just 15 goals from 18 games. They only missed out on a spot based on goal aggregate as Zanaco FC finished above them.
Otieno now moves to Zanaco who have had goalkeeping challenges for a number of years with both Toaster Nsabata and Mangani Banda not being consistent which was one of the reasons why the bankers, who despite qualifying for continental football, conceded 28 goals in the transitional season which was the second worst defence in the league.